Morgan Hill couple dies in Utah plane crash

Investigation of cause is underway

A Morgan Hill couple died in a May 24 single-engine plane crash in a remote area of southern Utah, according to authorities.

About 11:22am May 24, Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Miner’s Mountain Road in the Grover, Utah area, reads a press release from Wayne County Public Information Officer Kassidee Brown. Someone had called 911 to report they had witnessed a plane crash in the area.

Sheriff’s deputies learned the plane that crashed was a single-engine Cirrus SR22. Witnesses said the aircraft disappeared from view. The witnesses then heard an explosion and saw smoke, according to authorities.

When deputies arrived at the crash site, they saw a large debris field and fire, the press release said. There appeared to have been two occupants inside the aircraft. Both were found deceased. The county medical examiner’s investigator responded to the scene.

The two deceased occupants of the crashed plane have been identified as Christian C. Simonsen and his wife, Lynn Ann Anderson-Simonsen. Both were Morgan Hill residents. Christian Simonsen was the pilot of the plane.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene May 25 to begin their investigation, according to county authorities. An investigator from the aircraft manufacturer also responded to help determine the cause and nature of the crash.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said NTSB investigators will aim to release a public “preliminary report” of the cause of the accident within the next 10 days.

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